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About the Project Directors

The project director the DOE grants is Dr. Mary V. Andrianopoulos. Dr. Andrianopoulos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Mary Andrianopoulos is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her research interests and clinical expertise are in the areas of sensorimotor speech disorders, voice analysis and quantitative acoustic-perceptual measurement, dialectal and vocal differences among culturally and linguistically diverse populations, differential diagnosis and rehabilitation of sensorimotor speech and voice disorders, neurological bases of communication disorders. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in medical speech pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. In addition, she served as clinical consultant of otolaryngology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and inpatient coordinator of Speech Pathology Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She also served as an adjunct faculty to Harvard University's Medical Resident Training Programs in otolaryngology and neurology. She served as a Fulbright Scholar in Medical Sciences in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the University of Athens in Greece during in 2003, where she currently serves as an adjunct visiting professor. Her research has been supported by private and federal organizations. The American Speech Language Hearing Association funded her research on vocal differences among culturally and linguistically diverse populations. She is the author of numerous journal publications, book chapters and training manuals. She has disseminated her research findings through more than 60 presentations and papers at national and international meetings. She is a reviewer for the: American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, Language Speech and Hearing in the Schools, and the New Investigators Program for the Voice Foundation. She is also the recipient of numerous outstanding teaching awards.

The project co-director is Dr. Mary Lynn Boscardin. Dr. Boscardin is a professor and chair of the Department of Student Services at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. As Project Director for two active , EXCELSIOR ($799,860) and Training Leaders in Speech and Language Pathology ($799,602), and two past, Crossroads ($720,000) and Linkages ($620,000), U.S. DOE OSEP funded projects Professor Boscardin has established a cutting-edge program for training administrators of special education and speech language pathologists. The students participating in these special education leadership projects acquire experience in research, college teaching, practicum supervision, and professional development, which includes the dissemination of innovations and policy changes in the field to inservice special educators and administrators and legislators. This program is both state and NCATE accredited.